What a Saturday. Woe is me.
Thought for sure that I had got up early enough. Ran to get the soup heated. Got the guns & gear in the 250, started it up, cranked on the oldies, looked @ the gas gauge - knew I should have done that last night.
Got to Sheetz @ 6:15 (broke some laws). Gassed & pulling out @ 6:23; speeding to get Lake Arthur. Turned @ Prospect backtracking on 422. Pulled into the "parking lot" - barely a place to fit the truck. Decided to check out things - 6:35; almost running down the old highway. I saw one head. A bit further I saw another head, plus their dekes in the water. I left turned and swiftly walked 75 yards only to see another set up. It was now LST. My favourite spot was gone. I decided to go to Geneva. Ran to my truck, sped up to 19, and flew to Geneva Swamp.
OK - tried to pull into the access road to the only wadable section of the swamp; Game Commission gated it! Gate was locked! What now? Got back in the 250, drove a mile north to the other side of the swamp. On the other side of the railroad tracks. Found nothing wadable there. 8:00. What must I do? All my dekes, I thought, are for water. Then I remembered that I never took 6 supermags out of the bed. Off to Murderers' Row.
It was going on 9:00 when I got there. Not a soul in the nearby corn field. Took out the supermags, set 'em up. Went back to get gun and bucket - I heard shooting in the swamp. As I was stumbling thought the corn w/ gun & bucket a flock of 12 geese flew past watching me & laughing.
After an hour & a half I picked up and headed out. Chose Wilson Rd as a shortcut. As I was trying to engage Hi 4 I heard a grind. Let go, tried again - grinding. Stopped, got out - hubs were unlocked! Thank God for the warning. But - how did the hubs unlock? I never unlock them. Then I thought about a guy I had seen when leaving Murderers' Row who was walking his dogs (over the line, I might add) who gave me a dirty look as I pulled out. But - no proof. So I got out, locked them, got in, shifted to Hi 4, drove off.
Drove down on a "joy(?!) ride to Hartstown Swamp. Checked Hi & Low 4 to make sure all was well (it was) and proceeded to Walmart to fork over $50.00 for a turkey and a duckling for Thanksgiving. How appropriate.
I'm the guy your Mother Goose warned you about.